Sassing the boss is a poor career choice in most instances, unless your work for a company or corporation that specialises in generating trash-talk for use by others and your title is Executive Vice President of Sass, but we have yet to see that title on the hierarchy chart of any business.
It was a simple question of time and poor results, combined with his penchant to assign blame to others that proved to be the nail that broke the camel’s back and led to the sacking of Manchester United manger Jose Mourinho.
You do want a certain level of scrappiness in your coaches, but when it comes to the ones writing the cheques that buy your groceries, excessive scrappiness can quickly lead to a menu of scraps on the dinner table.
Mourinho’s resume now includes two sackings by Chelsea to accompany the one from United that comes in the wake of a championship side squarely staring the state of relegation in the face.
It was not as though United did not know into what it was getting. The mercurial types have, over the years demonstrated a penchant for doing that which everyone says cannot be done and in the Premier League, winning consistently gains a lot of latitude, while losing removes all but the straight and narrow.
Things might look quite different had not crosstown rivals Manchester City removing Pep Guardiola from the conversation of who would take over for United when Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 with the Red Devils at the top of the league.
The 20 time champions have not come close to winning the league through Ferguson’s successors, first David Moyes, then Los van Gaal and most recently, Mourinho.
The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust statement read, “The regression of the team led by the manager may be the immediate trigger for today’s action, it is also the result of some poor decisions. Three managerial appointments each with different playing styles and the player investments that they triggered.”
Brittania may have ruled the oceans, but they now have no deficit in diplomacy.